Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day

Sangakkara and Chandimal put Sri Lanka ahead

The Report by Siddarth Ravindran

March 17, 2013

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Sri Lanka 294 for 6 (Sangakkara 127*, Chandimal 102) lead Bangladesh 240 by 54 runs
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Kumar Sangakkara pulls the ball powerfully, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2nd Test, Colombo, 2nd day, March 17, 2013
Kumar Sangakkara hit Test century No. 33 © AFP
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  • Kumar Sangakkara has become the second Sri Lankan batsman, after Aravinda de Silva, to score three hundreds in a Test series. De Silva did it twice, against Pakistan and India.
  • Sangakkara's 33 Test hundreds put him in seventh place in the all-time list, one behind Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara.
  • It's his fifth Test hundred against Bangladesh, which puts him level with Sachin Tendulkar as the batsmen who've scored the most hundreds against them. Tendulkar scored his five in seven Tests, while Sangakkara has scored them in 13.
  • The 195-run stand between Sangakkara and Dinesh Chandimal is Sri Lanka's fifth-best for the fifth wicket in Tests. Four of those five partnerships have come in home Tests against Bangladesh.
  • Among those batting in the top seven positions, Tillakaratne Dilshan's 14 ducks is the third-highest for Sri Lanka, after Marvan Atapattu (22) and Sanath Jayasuriya (15).

When Bangladesh folded for 240 on the first day in Colombo, it seemed an insufficient total. Only three times have Bangladesh managed to bowl out serious Test opposition below that score. Coming into this Test, their bowlers had only 22 Test caps between them, and their bowlers' averages made for alarming reading - only offspinner Sohag Gazi manages below 75.

There had also been worries that Bangladesh had gone in with three fast bowlers and no left-arm spinners, an almost unheard-of strategy for a team that has usually relied heavily on spin. But they put those dreadful numbers behind them in the morning session with a spirited display that left Sri Lanka at 69 for 4, before they were thwarted by a familiar bogeyman.

The last time Bangladesh toured Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara racked up 200* and 222*, and this time he opened with twin tons in Galle. With Mahela Jayawardene out with an injury, Thilan Samaraweera retired and Tillakaratne Dilshan dismissed on the first day, there was plenty of responsibility left with Sangakkara to guide an inexperienced line-up. He duly delivered, completing a third Test century in 10 days, as he methodically negotiated the challenges posed by a testing track and Bangladesh's attack.

Dinesh Chandimal, for whom Test cricket continued to be easy, assisted Sangakkara with his second hundred of the series. The pair's 195-run stand shifted the balance of the match towards Sri Lanka. An already feeble Bangladesh attack was further hampered by the unavailability of Robiul Islam, one of their four specialist bowlers, who had to leave the field just before tea due to cramps.

This was not a track that encouraged flamboyance, and was more about waiting for the bad ball and patiently keeping out the good ones. Sangakkara did just that, cutting out the risks, and capitalised when the Bangladesh bowlers dropped short or bowled on the pads. Chandimal was a bit more enterprising, using his feet to Gazi, who bowled a marathon 18-over spell, to loft the ball as he made an energetic century. Both batsmen scored plenty of runs with dabs and tucks square of the wicket. As the partnership flourished, the batsmen brought out the big shots more often, and the pace of scoring picked up after tea.

Sangakkara had a couple of close calls, with a bottom-edge on 81 evading both the stumps and the wicketkeeper, and a punch landing just out of reach of short cover, but other than that Bangladesh's bowlers didn't pose too much of a problem. He was the first to a hundred, and didn't mark the occasion with any exuberant celebration, befitting someone who scores them often. Chandimal was more pumped up on reaching his second Test century, the additional duties of wicketkeeper and vice-captain seem to be resting easy on his shoulders so far.

The pair were looking exceedingly comfortable, and you started to wonder where a wicket would come from for Bangladesh. It came through Rubel Hossain, who got one to nip in and beat Chandimal's defence, leaving him bowled for 102.

Before stumps, another of Sri Lanka's next-generation batsmen, Kithruwan Vithanage, came out and played a series of shots, including an authoritative pull to get off the mark, but he perished as he flailed a wide delivery to deep point.

Although Bangladesh's bowlers wilted as the day progressed, they began with intent to rattle the top order. Dimuth Karunaratne was one of the youngsters who didn't pile up a big score on the shirtfront in Galle, and with six of his ten Test innings having ended before he reached 15, he needed some runs to shore up his place. He and Sangakkara began confidently with a trio of boundaries in the first three overs, which was as many as Bangladesh managed in the entire first session yesterday. Karunaratne gave it away though, flashing at a short and wide delivery to edge to the keeper for 17.

That wicket was a freebie for Abul Hasan, but the other two Bangladesh got came off more threatening deliveries. Lahiru Thirimanne was caught-behind for a duck, nicking a pitched up delivery that moved away slightly and Angelo Mathews was foxed by Gazi as he played for the turn, getting an outside edge that was snaffled by Mahmudullah at slip.

That was as good as it got for Bangladesh, as Sangakkara and Chandimal then bailed Sri Lanka out of a tight spot. Sangakkara is still in the middle, and a lead of around 100 is likely to prove pivotal in this relatively low-scoring game.

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Posted by Energetic. on (March 18, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

lool! Sri Lanka fans you failed to beat a second string Bangladesh all by an innings at home something is happening to your team nothing to be proud of. Bangladesh will obviously beat Sri Lanka in the ODIs if they can give you a tough ride in the test series good luck :)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

@ Baseball-Sucks; Spot on mate. @ Third_Gear; That was a different pitch kid. Grow up. You BD can not beat SL in a Test match. Live in your sweet dreams.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 18, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

@Third Gear... all of your comments show the lack of knowledge about the game and i'm not wondering about it at all. 346 in this kind of a deteriorating pitch is enough. in test cricket what's more important is the lead.

"BD Gonna whitewash SL in ODI" i saved your comment with date & time., and i hope you will be around here at the end of the series. LOL

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (March 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

@Third_Gear ; Whats wrong with the total of 346 including 2 fine centuries. We're not playing against SA or ENG but Bangladeshi Minnows. So Its more than enough. Before the Test series you all bragged about how your mediocre team with club cricketers gonna win the test series. lol It didn't go so well for you n now again talk about ODI whitewash. LOL. When are you gonna realize that you are still minnows ? lol

Posted by Bangla_Low_team on (March 18, 2013, 6:47 GMT)

So Sri Lanka cannot even beat minnows all by a huge innings at home lol something must be wrong with them especially when so many of our key players are out to injury. At least Bangladesh gave a surprise battle to them and made them work for it :D

Posted by Third_Gear on (March 18, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

Dhutugemunu@ But SL national team could only manage to score 346 runs,Imagine how poor they are ? Get ready for ODI whiewash by BD mate.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

BD should just bat as long as possible with session by session. BD should not think about run or outfield. If they can bat 4/5 sessions automatically score can be 350. just bat as long as possible. do not think about anything else.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2013, 5:52 GMT)

Gazi is a huge potential for BD. Just need to twinning him. I still remember Muralidharan was not great in his initial days but with times he becomes greatest spinner.now on initial days how Gazi was bowling is okay but he need more assists and care from special spin coaches,

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Even SL Development Emerging Team scored 410 vs Bangladeshis earlier this month. Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-bangladesh-2013/engine/current/match/602471.html

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

BD fans making lame excuses. Day 1 - Slow outfield due to grass, so BD was allout for 240. Day 2 - Grass has cut by the curator, so SL scored 294/6. Day 3 - BD is a second string team and not in full strength. lol.

Posted by tony122 on (March 18, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

@ NIPPY_89-good one. I see your point and it is valid but will like to add a few of my observations. 1- SL always prepared roads mostly but Murali was a genuinely great bowler. He was helped by having no real quality bowler in side(except Vaas to an extent) but he was also helped by his enormous talent. 2- If you look at the stats SL play much more of their games in home or in Asia. Partly it is not their fault because foreign teams do not invite them as much but what it does is inflate averages of their home players and so rest of world do not read so much in the records of Lankan players.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 18, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Teams like Australia, SL, IND (in Test) are currently at their transition period, and it will take few year or so until they become full strengthen. Laxman, Dravid retired and Dhoni, Shewag, Tendulkar to follow India too will soon face a quite a big task to replace their aging stars.

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (March 18, 2013, 4:39 GMT)

When past legends of SL cricket like Arjuna, Aravinda, Jayasooriya, Atapattu, retires people questioned about what SL future would be, whether it's in ODI format or whether in Test Format. But SL always managed to replace the retiring stars with the Young Blood, who eventually become the modern greats of the game. like Mahela and Sanga came in to the SL side as youngsters in early 2000. both played under the Shadow of great Aravinda and eventually become what they are today. just like that SL able pumped up more talents Dimuth, Chanadimal, Karunarathne, Vithanage, Thirimanne (Test Squad) etc. these young brigade is not short with talent they just need experience under the Mahela & Sanga, and eventually they too will become greats.

SL has no problem with their ODI squad, they already build up a great young talented team towards 2015 WC. under the Greats of Vass and Murali to show the path, SL Cricket future is bright.

Posted by samlord on (March 18, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

Most of the BD s are saying Sanga is the only difference between SL & BD..U ll are living in a dream or something.Mahela,Herath,Chandimal,Mathews,lahiru, all are world class players and they have proved that on the world stage.SL have reached 4 world cup finals during the last five years.WHAT HAS Bangladesh DONE???.Im not insulting,I m afraid BD are still kinder gardeners when it comes to cricket.So stop comparing legends with beginners..We love the spirit and fight shown by Bangladesh.

Posted by nilb on (March 18, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

@gsingh7 You have just described the Indian team!

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 18, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

i dont see any difference between yesterday and today. SL batsman played more lofted shots. thats why they scored more boundaries. When it comes to sanga he is a superb timer of the ball, he can time the ball superbly on any outfield. Also we rotated the strike quite often. BD batsmen dint time the ball very well. They just relied on fast outfield. Remember test cricket is about rotating the strike. not just hitting boundaries. Also some our fielding was topclass yesterday.( eg. Ashraful runout, mathews catch)

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 18, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

@ sheikh_sabeer; At the same time SL vs BD tournements will increase the # of centuries (currently 6, against SL 5) and batting average (24.28, which is pathetic as a Top order Batsmen) of Ashraful.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 17, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

Has Sri Lanka played Bangladesh more often in Sri Lanka?Its a shocking statistic when you look at the fact that a man that was ranked as the world's best test batsman has scored so few centuries away from home against normal cricketing nations.How does that ranking system even work?It is definitely flawed.Sangakkara is a lovely player to watch but his statistics really ruin his image.

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (March 17, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

This is a Second-String Bangladesh side missing at least 5 Regular Players (Shakib, Nefees, Naeem, Enamul Junior, Shafiul) stricken by Injury and Sri Lanka is of full-strength side except Mahela only. But, here some fans (specifically from india) are trying their best to prove how poor this Bangladesh half-strength side is against SL! Nothing unusual, There is a Say: "Faults are Thick, where Love is Thin". They are cleverly skipping two team's difference in the view of Regular Squad Possibilities, also forgetting their team india's injury-stricken whitewashed memories of tour in England 2011. By the way, I must say Bangladesh played well in spite of having Attenuated Strength but would have shown a great contest if played with full Squad. Bowling seems to be a little bit miserable due to missing two major Spinners Shakib and Enamul Junior, otherwise would been a tight knack. And a Final Revelation: "If Bangladesh loss the Match then they'll loss due to their 2nd Innings Batting only".

Posted by NIPPY_89 on (March 17, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

When murali gets wickets people say Sri Lanka prepared spin friendly wickets, when sangakkara bats well people say Sri Lanka prepare bating friendly wickets. Wonder what they prepared when both murali and sanga played in the same game? And yes sangakkara has played most of his games in sri lanka... thats because he is SRI LANKAN!!and you play most games at home. That's like dismissing tendulkar's record because played most of his games in india.

Posted by Mali-T658 on (March 17, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

Racking up centuries against Bangaldesh, Zimbabwe at home and thus increasing his career batting average! Good for Sangakkara.

Posted by SapnerJadukar on (March 17, 2013, 20:54 GMT)

Good job Mr.Boon, you asked the groundsmen to cut the grass that grown over night!!! They took the opportunity to cut it flat and balls are happily rolling to the boundary today. Why not you asked it before the match started?? Big Question. Fair Play please.

Posted by RANILSAM on (March 17, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

Finally it seems that BD fans have come down to earth. Earlier they were criticizing SL players, curators, out field etc. but with one solid batting performance Sanga has shown BD fans what is test cricket all about. Thanks sanga you are a treat to watch.

Posted by rivernile on (March 17, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

Sangakara once again showed what a talent he is. Jayawardene is almost done for his career. Does the imminent retirement of Sanka scare the SL fans? It should. I would like to know, should Sanka not be playing, what SL's state would be in. Without a Shakib, clearly our best player, and a half a Tamim, we seem to be doing ok. I hope BD can improve more and I would also like to see a strong SL team as well (evenafter Sanka retires). Long live test cricket!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

i hope in second time when BD wil come to bat they will not think neither about score or outfield just have to bat as long as possible without loosing any wickets, if the lead is very big for Srilanka, that is a very bad sign. Already BD is in back foot in this Test Match,

Posted by Lakpj on (March 17, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

@Shuvo Habib out field applies for both teams mate, even in the SL innings lot of balls stopped before the fence, so I don't think anyone can complain on that saying it is unfair. From SL point of view they should try to get 400. with Kula and Eranga, Herath to come that is not impossible to do.

Posted by sheikh_sabeer on (March 17, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

call Bangladesh again and again in SL then sangakara will break sachin's test mach 100 record in next 17 innings.

Posted by Bengali-Tiger007 on (March 17, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

Sorry to admit guys, but I can't see BD winning this one or even getting close to a draw (but I hope I'm proven wrong). Sanga is the difference between the two teams and sanga is the only difference needed by SL. I still think that we did extremely well for getting Dilshan out for cheap. Crossed fingures, see how goes tommorow!

Posted by Zillurcc on (March 17, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Just get 4 wickets in early hour, the BD batsmen will do the rest slow & steadily. BD r always with u. Good luck BD team.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

@Nissan71 Gazi is not only a very promising off spinner of Bangladesh but also in the current world cricket. His main strength is accurate line and length but what he lacks is some more variations and wicket taking deliveries. In West Indies tour he was in great shape due to some assist from great spinner Saqlain, Not only him , each and every spinners were in great shape. What gazi lacks is, some more variations and more thinking, he has to adapt dusra and carrom ball well. and Gazi have much more options than Shakib if he can come out and show some character. Gazi have to cultivate his mysterious deliveries and also have to take care. when there is 4 wickets down then Srilanka was in pressure, he should pick some more wickets, just see Herath, always thinking for batsman mistakes. Musfique should pose more pressures by putting close fielders while Gazi is bowling.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Who cares Sachin, Dravid, Mahela, Kumar or Gavaskar scored runs at home, in Asia or abroad. As long as they have scored more than 10000 runs (Sachin 15000+ and Dravid 13000+) they are legends of the Test Cricket. Players who crossed 10000 runs 5/11 are from South Asia. We South Asians should proud about that. Should not mud sling saying Flat Track Bullies or whatever. It's so disappointing to see some BD fans comments on Kumar. At least they don't have a player even crossed 1/3 of Kumar's Test runs (117 matches 10419). (Habibul Bashar, 50 matches 3026; Ashraful 59 matches 2647).

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 17, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

You see, Dhoni, Arjuna, Ponting, Imran Khan... all are/were very confident players having a great character, or in others, "real, brave men". There is a big difference between them and typical captains. And that'd explain why they led WC winners. Both SL, Bangladesh need that. And I see some signs from Angelo. Be confident.

Posted by Shajadul on (March 17, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

BD is surely missing the bowling of Sakib here. With 69/4 and Sakib's intelligent bowling, SL would be in deep trouble. Sangakara is the real difference between BD and SL in this series.

Posted by ZsZs on (March 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT)

When was the last time Shakib had good bowling figures in any form?

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 17, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

On Day 1 there were some arrogant BD fans, who commented that Herath took tail enders wickets (4-8 batsmen are tailenders according to them.) and he's not a good bowler etc. Moreover some newbie called Gazi in BD team is a better spinner or etc. Herath 28.3-6-68-5 on Day 1 and Gazi 30-4-84-1 on Day 2.

Posted by rmcsr86 on (March 17, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

AnY one have doubt about kumar sangakkara's stats . PLS check this link http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/50710.html?class=1;template=results;type=batting

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

The out field was very slow , when Bangladesh Batted. Bangladesh could have scored better if it was a good outfiled

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 17, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

I remember Dav Whatmore said "I always said we (Sri Lanka) could be 2 down for zero" in the 96 WC match analysis documentary. And it almost happened in semi finals against India. The fact is, people have their natural style. Dimuth, Dilly, both are aggressive. Mathews, above average. Only exception is Lahiru. SL could be 2 down for 10. But our middle order was/is strong enough, and we can manage things like today. Bangladesh is very aggressive, and I like it a lot. But they need a stand out captain. SL is my country, but we always enjoy BD and love the BD team as our own brothers. SL team is full of new players, n under a new captain. So, BD has a good chance, but it doesn't say anything bad about SL. They are very talented. It's a ridiculous thing to think of ranking. BD captain has to be more forward, more criticizing about team with in team, in simple, they need an Arjuna. They are very talented, just need some execution of plans. I don't think it will happen in recent times.

Posted by arif29 on (March 17, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

BD needed Shakib's bowling badly yesterday. Bad luck tigers.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 17, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

come on sanagakkara score as many centuries as u can against BD so that ur srilanka fans can project as a legend of the game.Now truth is 1) sangakkara in eng,saf,aus played 22 test matches got 3 centuries 2) out of 33 centuries he got 23 in srilanka only and remainig 10 - 4 in asia;1-zimbabwe. 3) out of 34 test matches out side asia he scored 5 centuries excluding zimbabwe

Posted by rmcsr86 on (March 17, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

Sri lanka is the country that played most test against BD. And it is nearly double than IND or PAK played against BD.Do you think it is because of sri lanka want to improve there statics. (I dont think so ...!) Check this link http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/team/results_summary.html?class=1;id=25;type=team

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

When Dinesh Chandimal came in, he was looking innovative and positive. so, instead of joining the contest, Mushfiqur Rahim set up a defensive field to prevent the boundaries. then the batting pair kept on milking runs and basically took two sessions away from Bangladesh. yes, it's experience that is missing. and again, it's experience they're earning.

by the way, what is Kumar Sangakkara made of? the more I see him, the more I get amazed. too early to say, but I think he will prove to be the difference between the two sides in this series.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (March 17, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

@BOND_OO7: in your dreams, mate!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Although SL is in a better position still we shouldn't underestimate BD. Either we have gone down in our standards a bit or Bangladesh has gone up.There's a lot of new guys in Bangladesh team and still they managed to bring up a decent performance. If SL don't score at least 400, we all have to agree this a battle between similar strength sides.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 17, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

That's where Bangladesh's inexperience comes in to take effect. Sri Lanka were at 69 for 4 and it was a great opportunity for BD to wrap SL up within 250 runs. But BD could not capitalize on it and lost momentum.But,No worries, that's how we experience.you can't handle something that hasn't been experienced yet. So that's the gain for BD from today's play. i hope this match will be a competitive one.Best of luck to all

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

who needs to travel abroad and win in aus and india when u cud prepare road - like tracks in sl to boost player averages. thats one reason sl will neverreach top of tests sinse they prepare lifeless tracks for bowlers,not single win in india and aus says it all.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

mushfiq took some bad decision otherwise BD would be in a better position. Attacking fielding would be a better choice for mushfiq when it was 69/4. But Sanga really played well.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (March 17, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Youngsters are good for cricket, but not in the expense of quality cricketers, Sangakara showed that today, what a class act is he and what it takes to be at the top. The cricketers like Mathews, Thirumanee, will have along road ahead to be like that. Hope they could emulate players like Sanga and Mahela. The match is still at the balance, but more towards BD. Bangladesh did showed how far they have come, and they are a emerging force.

Posted by Dhutugemunu on (March 17, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

@ matchfixerpkn; That's somewhat true. SL should have given the captaincy to someone senior and deserved player like Thilan Samaraweera. In this case Angelo's appointment as Captain is similar to the early stage of Darren Sammy's.

Posted by tony122 on (March 17, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

SL should demand to play only in SL and invite Bangladesh and Zimbabwe every alternate years. I am sure Sangakarra and Jayawardene will then go down as the greatest two batsmen to have ever played the game with over 100 test averages. Best of Luck.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

A lead of hundred in a low scoring game, against a good side is not easy to deal with. BD had a chance when they hit back thrice in the morning. However, two classic centuries with skills, determination and quality changed the game. That is the difference between talent and combination of talent, determination and quality. Do not say they are going to grow grass tonight to restrict BD!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

it was quite a poor display of captaincy by mushfiq today, and average bowling.. yes, we have limitations, we don't have great bowlers in the team, but at least we should have tried to do the basics right. in the 1st session there was a golden opportunity to go for more attacking cricket when Srilanka was 4 down at 69, but BD couldn't utilize it. the field placement was very defensive, gave away too many singles, and let them get set by rotating the strikes.. now praying the price.. this defensive attitude must be changed.. otherwise we won't be able to win test matches.. and one thing i must mention, 'umpiring'. i don't know why all the wrong decisions must go against BD?!!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

Sanga is a class act...its really amazing the way he bats.♥ his batting. @ Al_entity ... i dont know how much you follow cricket these days.Our BD team is still a developing one for the test matches but when you talk about ODIs,do you honestly think its that much easy to beat BD ? Think of teams like AUS,NZ,WI,ENG...if we play in sub-continent then 8 out of 10 times we will beat those teams n in their soil its a 50-50 chance...

Posted by I_m_AKS on (March 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

It's quite a disappointing day for BD, they had the momentum on the morning session but overconfidence made them pay, now Sanga is hitting them hard with a big ton.

Posted by Nissan71 on (March 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

@Mehdi Rahi I think a coach can just guide u.The talent needs to be there.And i think gazi is not a great bowler ,he is just ok.He really needs to work hard to be even like shakib as a bowler

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 17, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

mathews is biggest disapointment ..in 32 test mathc he got only 11 wicket.dnt talk about his batting .... .so y he is in team...better to pick any other genuien batsman or bowler rather than sticking with non performing all roiunder...

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (March 17, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

I have to give credit to our fast bowlers who put in a very good effort didn't expect that. Abul was very impressive for once being consistent and bowling along with Rubel at good pace. If only our team had scored another 100 runs and we're to blame for that because we simply didn't bat well enough and lack of patience simply because the ball didn't quite go to the boundary, it has been a good match thus far. Can't see Bangladesh winning it but if we can bat much much better in the second innings and avoid an innings loss then we can obviously draw a lot of positives from it as before this series, none of us even thought Bangladesh could even be competitive in tests as one day Cricket was our best hope. Let's just bat well and give a fight rather than collapsing.

Posted by stormy16 on (March 17, 2013, 13:42 GMT)

I think Bangladesh will be the happier side, they could still restrict the lead to under a 100 and for a side making 240 you will take that. SL would have been hoping to rack up a huge first innings score which hasnt happened and the tail is already exposed with a lead of 50. SL having to bat last on this wicket, I would say the game is reasonably even. Credit to the Bangladesh bowlers for having SL on the floor with 4 down and a great fight back by Sanga and Chandi. Very dissappointed with Mathews who has now missed out twice to make an impression with the bat. SL will be looking for a lead of 100 but they will need to do well to get there from here. Its been a good contest thus far and 3 more days to play and the one thing that doesnt look possible is a draw.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 17, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

Sanga's class is shown,straight from an injury even without the benefit of a practice match,his batting is wonderful whoever the opposition is. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by Ruchiralk on (March 17, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@Josim Uddin Joy: Who told you the grass was cut?, did the curator say or commentators say this?. The outfield was slugglish today just like yesterday, Sri lanka ran something like nine 3 runs. If you assumed that the grass was cut then that is not true. Just admit Sri lanka's batsmen and bowlers have been well ahead of Bangladesh in the first 2 days and enjoy the game rather than whinging mate. Good Luck Bangladesh.

Posted by SarfBD on (March 17, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

@ Janith Pasindu Nanayakkara , congratulation! That is still one of the most inspiring episodes of world cricket...

Posted by SarfBD on (March 17, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

A hard fought day. Bangladesh are surely 100 runs short in the first innings. Good fightback from Sanga and Chandi after the initial collapse. But still it is very much possible to restrict SL less than 350. If we can bat well in the second innings, an exciting game is awaiting for us. And a humble advice for fans from both sides- nothing beats humility...

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 12:29 GMT)

Test cricket is all about patience, adjusting to the situation and temperament. If boundaries are not coming work hard for runs. Get Sanga as an example. By the way, it is likely to rain tonight in Colombo. There can be a sluggish outfield again tomorrow, when Bangladesh are batting!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Gazi just disappoint me. Gazi needs to grow up and take more wicket taking deliveries. He is not taking enough wickets. He needs a good spinning coach like Saqlain to learn a lot and ramp up more wickets with a threatening deliveries.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

2nd day- 1st Session - BD won. 2nd Session - SRI won 3rd Session - Both. Difference between Score - 1 partnership. If Bd team can show there responsibility in 2nd innings then that difference will be not anymore. Draw is not an option for this Test match. But Bd still have that winning chance.

Posted by Master_Mihil on (March 17, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Told you not to count your chickens just yet. Indian fans, our future is bright, no need to worry about that, worry about next time you meet us in a major competition. We would loose even to Bangladesh to make you guys go home. Like in the Asia cup. I still remember Manjrekar predicting indian win at 2007 world cup, because of Mahela's lack of runs. India went from first round, mahela became second highest run scorer!

Posted by Perera32 on (March 17, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

I've lost a lot of respect for Bangladesh fans in the last couple of days, most bangladeshis are decent and nice people though. Sri lanka are in a commanding position in the match, Sanga and young Chandimal have been outstandingly quality and class especially after being 60/4. The game is not over but SL look very good atm.

Posted by asikbadhon on (March 17, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

when bd made 638,then it was in a road,everybody was talking about pitch,but when bd played in slow out field,nobody is taliking about pitch,bd players like to play shots,when they could not make shots,they trew their wickets,i have seen how our player hit the ball,but that did not make aboundary,if those shots became boundary,they would not feel pressure,yes they had lay carefully herath,because he is a great bowler,but today i have seen how easily they are making boundaries, this time again sangakkara will be the main difference!!!i hope bd will fight back!!!!!

Posted by samlord on (March 17, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

Weldone chandimal..Mark my word this guy is gonna break all the records made by Sanga & Mahela.He now averages over 50 against South Africa & Australia.Both overseas.And performing well in home conditions also. made back to back fifties against SA attack consisted of STEYN,Morkel and philander in his debue match

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

@Asruf Ul Jubair : don't worry about the future of SL Cricket..with youngsters like, Mathews, Chandimal, Thirimanne, Thisara, (and lot of are there) we have class cricketers in the future....BD still trying to build a team..but they hasn't succeed....you have to go long way..and have to produce class cricketers like Aravinda, Sanath, Murali,Vass, Mahela, Sangakkara, ....is any BD player become that class????SL can challenge any team in the world.that's what ur team cannot...Sry for BD.... i doesn't seen any future classy players in BD Team........

Posted by yohandf1984 on (March 17, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

@ All_The_Way - why should we take Sanga @ Herath s stats away . they r part of the team and will def. play for another three years . Mahela and dilshan too has 3 years of their career . by the time they retire , these youngster will be seasoned . this is how it happend in SL cricket for last 20 years . Roy -dulip era - Arjuna -Aravinda era , Sanath -Marvan era - Sanga-Mahela era . So dont worry Thirimanne - Chandimal era will surely come .

Posted by Al_Entity on (March 17, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Who has a future? LOL you think BD? Come you are completely clueless. When Srl was in BD's age we were performing so much better all over the world. You are ust as pathetic as when you started playing test cricket. Do you know that so many countries do NOT want to play with you guys and records against you DO NOT COUNT! Ever notice in cricinfo how they always exclude runs/wickets against BD! Ha ha

Posted by Sinhaya on (March 17, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@All_The_Way, are you following Sri Lanka really? Chandimal not good at all? He has just reached his fifty and scored quicker than Sanga. It is his 3rd consecutive fifty plus score in tests going back from the Sydney test match this year. Forgot how Kithruwan Vithanage scored a debut test fifty? Watch out for Kushal Perera our new Sanath Jayasuriya. Thirimanne failed today but look at his other scores. Karunaratne is our permanent opener now. Our future is bright.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

Its' funny to see the Lankans are expecting/ asking Bangladeshis to behave in a humble and polite way whereas they themselves have been arrogant since the first day of the first test! Please don't calculate who has a better PAST rather let's talk about who has a better FUTURE!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

On this day 17th of March 1996 Sri Lanka become the World Cup Champions

Posted by Bangla_Low_team on (March 17, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Even if Sri Lanka do win they struggled to win this series. Out of interest though if you just take away the stats of the old players Sanga and Herath then you will see the coming reality of Sri Lanka. I'm still hoping for an innings win by the Lankans :)

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

I wonder what happened with the outfield? Is it a rumor or the Sri Lankans did really cut the outfield grass....I thought you are allowed to cut it during the match only to keep it even and that too in front of the Match Referee. Whatever, Sangakkara might prove to be the deciding factor in this match. If he stays for another 30 odd overs, Bangladesh can say good bye to the match. I hope Gazi strikes again and strikes again quick.

Posted by Al_Entity on (March 17, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

This is sad and pathetic the way BD fans are behaving. I never thought such a small success will make them so arrogant. But good to see Bangladeshi's showing their true colors! Remember you have the worst record for any country in the history of test cricket. Learn to be more humble your team has lot further to go. But I guess the "true nature of the tiger" has come out for all of us to see! Very sad :(( CRIC INFO PLS POST!

Posted by cricketstarbest on (March 17, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

As long as Sangakkara is at the crease, SL is in total command of this match. Bangladesh have to work hard for wickets now as partnership have started to build.

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Ha'long can u expect old Mahela to serve! Leave the old fellow to rest for sometime! No excuses babes! I thought the BD fanz will only read the comments of happy Lankanz or won't look into the fan comments! Now what's going on! The fight is even and BD is doing better so far! Even if BD looses the game that won't make Lanka supreior! In a 5 day match somebody has to loose! that's happening in India-Aus and in England-NZ! What is feet tumbling for Lanka is that-in one day series they are under great threat of loosing to Bangladesh! A short piece of advice to Lankanz! Admit the strength of BD, that'll reduce lotz of pressure from the shoulders of all Lankanz! Angelo does the same! Footnote: I love Lanka!

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

Really sad by the way some BD fans commenting., they are so concern about SL future rather than their own, who still struggling to win a single test, and BD lost all the respect from SL, and don't expect us to support you guys in the future. best of luck with your team..

Posted by beefloverindian on (March 17, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

Do we expect some upset? Oh No, come on Lankans you have all the capabilities to show the minnows there right place. Otherwise soon they will consider their self as world beaters or atleast Asian Champions

Posted by   on (March 17, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

outfield was changed. the grass was cut. today ball going to the boundary like rocket but yesterday a rocket going ball stopped before the boundary line like someone's hand stopped it. isn't it funny.

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (March 17, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Wonder what the BD fans have to say about that outfield.

Posted by exynos on (March 17, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Now SL fans should realise that Ban is way better than SL.Please don't expect any miracles..Sri lanka won't cross 150 this time.SL young talents need a road to perform well..

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 17, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

even in home conditiona with tailor made pitch srilanka are struggling ..remember that also against icc rankings "zero" point last number team :)..

well done bangladesh..its time for other test playing nations to give more importaqnce to bangladesh ..overseas teams like s africa,england, australia have to consider bangladehs in place of srilnaka .. if they wish to see good figthing test match ..

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (March 17, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

Some talent Sri Lanka youngsters. Looks to me Sri Lanka old experience players bat and ball will probably get them the win but at least we get a better picture of Sri Lanka Cricketing future especially with all those debts best of luck :D :)

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (March 17, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

bangalesh shoiuld have crossed atleast 300 runs..any way if they bowl with disciplien evene this run is enoiugh for over rated srilankann players.. they are already struggling ..not a single batsma look like comfortable in middle against eihter spin or fast... an good poourutnity for bangladehs to win series..

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